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The Northern California-Nevada Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers offers scholarships to students interested in the field of fire protection. For information on scholarship applications, go to or click on the following link NCN-SFPE

Applications must be received by May 1, 2019.  The application can be accessed by clicking here.              

For more information on careers in fire protection, go to or click on the following link Careers. Note that Fire Protection Engineering is highly specialized, and there is a large demand and great potential compensation for a very interesting, diverse, and personally rewarding profession.

Application Process

Deadline:                                   April 30, 2019

Review of Application(s):          May 1, 2019 – May 14, 2019

Selection of Recipient(s):          May 17, 2019               

Presentation to Recipient(s):     June 21, 2019 NCN-SFPE meeting  

The annual award(s) are made to engineering student(s) seeking a BS or MS in FP Engineering or a BS in another engineering discipline with the intent of enrolling in an MS in Fire Protection Engineering. Fire Protection Engineering Students with residency in Northern California or Northern Nevada are highly encouraged to submit their application

Past amounts have been up to $2,000 per year. The NCN SFPE Executive Board has discretion to award more or less than this amount depending on other considerations including available budget.

We look forward to reading your application and wish you success in your academic and professional endeavors.




SFPE Fellows represent a distinguished group of members who have attained significant stature and accomplishment in engineering. Fellows have been members of the Society for at least 10 years and have been nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to the advancement of fire protection engineering and valuable service to SFPE.

The number of living Fellows at any time shall not exceed ten percent (10%) of the total Society's living membership.

The 2018 Qualifications Subcommittee recommended, and the Board of Directors approved, to elevate thirteen members to the prestigious member grade of Fellow. Out of a total SFPE membership of over 4,500 there are only 305 fellows. 

The three members elevated to the grade of Fellow are:

Thomas J. Forsythe, P.E., FSFPE 

Jeffrey A. Maddox, P.E., FSFPE  


John P. Woycheese, Ph.D., P.E., FSFPE 


A Case Study in Occupant Evacuation Elevators by Jeff Maddox, PE

Jeff Maddox, P.E., with The Fire Consultants, has written a great article in the latest Fire Protection Engineering magazine, which is SFPE's flagship publication for fire protection engineering. The article is available online for SFPE members at this link. Look for the digital formats, and then go to the current issue which is Q4 2017. His article starts on p. 32. 

Jeff's work on the first Occupant Evacuation Elevators on the west coast for the 57-story, 805ft tall 181 Freemont project has opened the doors, so to speak, for use of elevators for egress in high-rise office and residential buildings. He will be presenting this work at the February 16, 2018 meeting in Walnut Creek, CA.

Congratulations, Jeff!



The D. Peter Lund Award given to Geza Szakats, P.E.

Congratulations to Geza Szakats, P.E., of Holmes Fire, the 2017 recipient of the SFPE D. Peter Lund Award!

About the award:


The Board of Directors established the D. Peter Lund Award in 1997 to recognize significant contributions to the advancement of the professional recognition of the fire protection engineer. This award is named in honor of D. Peter Lund, CAE, the first executive director of the Society.

When D. Peter Lund,CAE was named the first executive director of SFPE in 1971, the membership stood at 1,950, the annual budget was $55,000, and there were 21 chapters. Publications included the newsletter "The Bulletin", the quarterly "Fire Technology" (published by NFPA and sponsored by SFPE) and a "Yearbook." The annual meeting and technical sessions were incorporated into the NFPA Annual Meeting and organized by the local chapter. The staff numbered two - executive director and a secretary. Headquarters were at 60 Batterymarch St., Boston.

Over the next 25 years, Lund grew the Society creating "Technology Reports", the "Journal of Fire Protection Engineering", the "Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering", short courses, symposia, cosponsored events with NIST, ASTM, AICHE, API, NRC-Canada, NFSA, AFSA, and Engineering-News Record. Lund continued on to create an independent annual meeting for the Society, FPE-PE registration in the USA, the Foundation, the Corporate 100 program, and strategic plans. Under his leadership the Society doubled in membership and chapter growth. He was elected president of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE) for the 1989-90 term.

Lund earned a BA from Tufts University in 1959, an MBA from Northeastern University in 1970, and the CAE designation in 1972. Prior to SFPE, he was an officer in the United States Navy, serving as chief engineer on a destroyer escort and later commanding several reserve minesweepers. He also spent seven years with a trade association that represented the distributing gas utilities in New England.